dancing child

Matthew 19:23, 29-30 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.’…And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

Today, an attempt at church turned into a room mate coffee session complete with bible study talk. I want to share a few of God’s words with you today, as I found them extremely pertinent and helpful. I often forget my upbringing. I don’t want to preach to you, whoever you may be, but I do hope those words can touch you in some way today as they did me.

Eat|See|Hear: The Grand Budapest hotel outdoors with amazing food trucks:

  • The slummin’ gourmet” – Salmon tacos and cheese covered curly fries topped off with their home made chipotle ketchup. The food here is unreal.
  • “CoolHaus”- Ice cream sandwiches with cookies and ice cream you have never tried before. Some flavors included: chicken and waffles, beer and pretzels, Arnold palmer with moonshine, and snack food. Most creative ice cream ever. Also the style of the truck was based on the BauHaus movement in visual art.

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MOCA – The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art: Located near the most beautiful buildings in Downtown LA – the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center Building, and the soon-to-be contemporary art museum (the sequel, perhaps?). The best part of this visit was the Lemonade restaurant attached. For those of you in California, you MUST go to Lemonade and try the truffle mac and cheese. Enough said. Second best was the two-screened film installation voiced in music by Kendrick LaMar. Compton, CA had a magnifying glass put to it, as we viewers got a creative look into the complicated neighborhood. Fifteen minutes of surreal immersion into the lives that people not so far from us live.

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LA Film Festival: We were fortunate enough to see TWO pieces of contemporary film art here. The company I work for presented a short dance film scored to the music of Philip Glass, which preceded the documentary “Maiko: Dancing Child.” Both pieces of work were incredibly moving. As it turns out, both the dancers from the company and Maiko, the Dancing Child herself, were in the audience. The film followed her life as a principal ballerina for the Norwegian Ballet, and her struggle to stay in the profession after giving birth to her first baby. She was probably the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, and her dancing in the final scenes of the documentary were nothing short of breathtaking. Talk about a superwoman – she was back in ballet classes six short weeks after her son was born, and performed the lead in Swan Lake only a few months later. I am on top of the world after being exposed to these people in this setting. Holy moly.

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Talking with the star herself

IMG_6360_2I am so inspired (yet again) to keep dance a large part of my life from this point forward. The potential to serve and to help others with the power of movement is extraordinary. Here’s hoping that I can be a small part of the impact dance can have in my time here on earth.

James 1:2-4 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.

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